Think Tank

Find out about the modes of transport developed, built and used in and around the City of Birmingham.

Move It

Move It child with mother and bikeBirmingham has always been a city in motion, but what made it such a major hub of transport during the industrial revolution?

In this gallery you can find out first hand by seeing some of the remarkable machines that made it all happen. Unravel the remarkable story of Birmingham's transport revolution. Learn about the complex web of canals, roads and railway networks that connected Birmingham to the rest of Britain, and hear some of the stories from the people who made, used and ran them.

In the gallery, play the networks game to move goods from Birmingham to ports around Britain by rail, road and canal. Can you get the goods to the destination before your time and money run out?


The Nation’s Favourite ExhibitSupermarine Spitfire

Come and see the iconic Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft hanging above your head. Over 11,000 Spitfires were built in Birmingham during World War Two. Thinktank’s Spitfire was voted the nation’s favourite museum exhibit by viewers of the BBC series The People’s Museum.

City of Birmingham LocomotiveIconic Machines

Stand behind the controls of the massive City of Birmingham steam locomotive and find out how it worked.

See the amazing Railton Land Speed Record car, and watch a film of it travelling at 394 miles per hour (634 km per hour) on its final record-breaking run.

Birmingham Stories - transport

Log on to the Birmingham Stories online exhibition to find out more about the transport collection. Highlights include the Railton Mobil Special land speed record car, the only surviving Birmingham tram, a Star Benz car and a Lanchester petrol-electric car.

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If you would like to find out more about the collections at Thinktank call us on
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